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i54 South Staffordshire expansion
i54 South Staffordshire planned expansion

Near full employment continues with further job creation boost as development plans submitted

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment as plans for a major county business development are submitted.

Figures released today show that just 1.3 per cent of Staffordshire’s population is claiming out of work benefits, lower than both regional (2.8 per cent) and national (2.1 per cent) averages. The Staffordshire figure has remained the same for the last three months.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said more high value jobs are set to be created with plans for a major business park extension now submitted.

The plans for the western extension to i54 South Staffordshire have been lodged with the district council.  If approved, it would mean one large or several smaller employers could deliver 2,700 jobs on site and generate £600million investment.

Mark added:

It is encouraging to see that we have continued near full employment in the county at the same time as we submit our development plans for the extension at i54 South Staffordshire.

This will mean further multi-million pound investment at the site and the potential to create 2,700 high value jobs. The i54 South Staffordshire project has been a huge success for the county council and our partners and made a positive impact on the wider area. We look forward to seeing added development, investment and employment.”

More than £1 billion has so far been invested in the current i54 site, with 2,500 people employed by multi-national companies JLR, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Tentec with a further 2,100 jobs anticipated over the next few years. Over 3,500 students have also benefitted from a targeted skills and education programme.